PNC Tinkering for Tots

Pre-School Program

Greenfield Village

Special Event at Greenfield Village®

  • September 10, 2020
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Free with Village admission.

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Little learners get a head full of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) with our contactless special programming. Designed for curious preschoolers, our inspired yet playful activities focus on themed materials and then expand outward with storytelling, artifact exploration, and take-home crafts.

PNC Tinkering for Tots activities are based in material science using the frame of “compare, contrast and combine” with innovation learning through the habits of Model I, The Henry Ford’s innovation learning framework.

These activities combine a number of national standards for preschool curriculum as defined by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. 

Use our Greenfield Village Map to help you navigate through the village while following new guidelines for a safe and enjoyable visit.

Featured Events:


September 10: Wood and Metal

This month we will continue the Engineering 101 materials theme by exploring the awesome innovations that are made when you combine wood and metal. 

Exploration Activities:
While exploring Greenfield Village, search for innovations that combine wood and metal.
  1. Susquehanna Plantation and Daggett FarmhousePorches and Parlors
    - Explore the Susquehanna Plantation and the Daggett Farmhouse to learn how tinkerers used wood and metal to make work easier on the farm.  
  2. Wright Home – Main Street
    Create a clothespin and popsicle stick plane using this take-home STEAM activity kit. (While supplies last)
Inspiring Stories
Wright Home – Main Street - 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Join our storyteller for book readings that will inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured story is Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts. 

Artifact of the Day this month 
Wright HomeMain Street  – Wilbur and Orville Wright lived and tinkering in this home while they developed their first successful powered airplane. Visit to learn more.

Future Themes inside The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®:

October 8: Exploring Metal and Fabric
November 12: Exploring Wood and Fabric
December 10: Exploring Plastic and Metal

Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members.

Greenfield Village

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $25.25
General Admission (12-61) Free $28.00
Youth (5-11) Free $21.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.